The Slayers d20
The Slayers d20 Role-Playing Game is a 2003 role-playing game published by Guardians of Order based on the anime series Slayers. The title refers to the title under which Central Park Media released the three seasons of the television series; the Slayers d20 was designed by Michelle Lyons, David Lyons, Jeff Mackintosh and Anthony Ragan, featuring art by Jeff Mackintosh. It was nominated for the 2004 ENnies in the category Best Licensed Product; the game uses the d20 System with a variant magic system designed to reflect the powerful spells found in the series. Players' characters in this setting are at a much higher level than in a typical d20 campaign; the game has no reference to any material found in the movies or OVA episodes due to licensing restrictions, thus there is no mention of the popular character Naga the Serpent. However, there are multiple sets of game statistics for the four principals of the TV series, to reflect their advancement over the course of the story; the book was scheduled to go out of print in 2006, as Guardians of Order's license to publish Slayers material expires.
No renewal was planned since CPM itself has been displaced as the license holder for Slayers in favor of FUNimation, which has a substantial collectible card game division of its own. Much of Slayers material was incorporated into Advanced d20 Magic, a setting-independent book that continued to be in print after the license on Slayers expired. Official website
Slayers Premium is a 2001 Japanese anime short film written and directed by Junichi Satō. Premium, the fifth and latest Slayers film, was first released in Japan on December 22, 2001, along with Sakura Wars: The Movie, Di Gi Charat - A Trip to the Planet and Azumanga Daioh: The Animation; this is the only Slayers movie so far to feature the characters of Gourry Gabriev, Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun, Zelgadis Greywords and Xellos. Naga the Serpent has a small role, as "the octopus sorceress". Lina and Gourry travel to the town of Acassi, known for its tasty octopus. However, the octopus meat is cursed. Sorcerers and sorceresses cursed by this cannot cast spells, since the spells have to be spoken in a common language in order for them to work. Gourry just happens to eat one of the cursed octopuses; this creates awkward situations during the film. But soon, everyone in town starts to speak takogo, despite the fact that they have not eaten any octopus. Xellos is there, seeming to know some details about what is going on but is not divulging anything.
It soon becomes evident that the octopuses plan to use the accumulated anger from the villagers of Acassi to release a demon, sealed many years before. Lina and her friends have to stop these plans. However, it becomes complicated when Lina is infected with the takogo affliction, which negates much of her magic, including the Dragon Slave, her signature move. Slayers Premium was released in Japan on December 22, 2001, it was licensed by ADV Films and released with English dubbing on DVD on January 17, 2005. It was included in the collection of digitally remastered Slayers films and OAV series, released on Blu-ray in Japan on October 30, 2015. Aleksandra Janusz of the Polish magazine Kawaii expressed her severe disappointment in Slayers Premium for several reasons, including its short running time, character design and animation changes, the plot that in her opinion was weak with unfunny gags, deeming returning characters other than Lina and Gourry unnecessary due to their unsatisfactory small roles in the film.
In his review for Anime News Network, Zac Bertschy conversely called it "an entertaining little piece of fan-pleasing animation." Official website Slayers Premium on IMDb Slayers Premium at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
Lina Inverse is the protagonist of and the only character that appears in all incarnations of the comic fantasy themed light novel and anime series Slayers, where she is a young yet powerful sorceress travelling the world in search of treasure and adventure. Lina has been voiced by Megumi Hayashibara in Japanese, she is voiced by Lisa Ortiz in the English version of the TV series produced by Central Park Media and Funimation Entertainment, by Cynthia Martinez in ADV Films-produced English version of the films and original video animation episodes. Slayers novels and anime are narrated by Lina herself from her point of view. Lina was one of the most popular anime characters of the late 1990s and has since retained a sizable fan following. There have been characters based on or inspired by her in both Slayers and in other works. Slayers creator Hajime Kanzaka has created the characters of Lina and Luna as the heroines of his science-fiction story that he had written when he was in high school and in which Luna was the protagonist and Lina was her clone.
While creating her visual design, Slayers illustrator and visual designer Rui Araizumi was inspired when he by chance came upon a vintage film with the actress Audrey Hepburn on TV. Lina is 147 cm tall, she has two moles on her forehead, which are covered by her headband. Despite her supposed to be having a flat chest, so much she can be confused for a boy, Lina is depicted by Araizumi with larger breasts due to his personal preferences, which would be carried over to much of other media too. Lina's appearance whilst wearing her homeland's folk clothing in the film Slayers: The Motion Picture is a nod to Ranma Saotome, the titular character from Ranma 1/2, who too is voiced by Megumi Hayashibara in Japanese. Lina Inverse was born in the fictional country of Zephilia. Since her mother used to be a mercenary magic user, suffering from inferiority complex to her sister, decided she would like to be a sorceress and coaxed her parents to send her to the Sorcerer's Guild school, her older sister, the Knight of Shiphied Luna Inverse, was the darling of both her parents and the town, excelling in martial studies and beginning to make a name for herself.
Although Lina has faced down dragons and dark lords with little fear, the mere mention of Luna's name sends her into terrified hysterics. When Lina was a child, she sold images of Luna naked in order to earn money and, in turn, Luna punished Lina so that Lina has feared her since. Lina has many different nicknames, including "Bandit Killer" and "Dragon Spooker", neither of which she likes. To her, her most embarrassing nickname is "Lina the Pink", her official title amongst the Guild. In the light novel, film and OVA prequel stories, Lina meets an unhinged and secretive sorceress calling herself Naga the Serpent and maniacally obsessed with Lina, with whom she travels with and ends up fighting against during their adventures. During that time, Lina earns her reputation of someone who tracks and destroys numerous bandits for fun and profit, stealing their ill-gotten gains for their own use. In Slayers Revolution, Lina embarks on pirate hunting after bandits have become an "endangered species".
According to Kanzaka and her self-proclaimed rival Naga are the mightiest human magic users in the world of Slayers. Although she is an adolescent, she is an powerful sorceress, with a great love for money and food. In the anime and manga, Lina recklessly uses overly destructive magic with little provocation; as such, she is reputed to be an evil and calamitous "Enemy of All Who Live", among many other similar monikers. In spite of her infamy and an underdeveloped body, Lina likes to see herself as a genial and beautiful sorceress; as analyzed by the NTUT's John Lance Griffith, "to the extent that Lina is an independent, powerful woman, she follows in the tradition of Western lady knights and sorceresses: the tradition of Spenser's Britomart, of Tolkien's Arwen and Eowyn. But given the world she lives in we are meant to understand that she can only be so noble and so charitable before she has to re-enter the war of all against all."Adding to her mental instability, she is selfish, short-tempered and gluttonous, suffers an inferiority complex over her chest size when alongside the busty Naga who likes to taunt Lina over this.
Lina's accomplishments include the destruction of a piece of Shabranigdo and having a hand in the destruction of the demon lords including the dragon demon lords Gaav and Hellmaster Phibrizzo, as well as defeating the great cosmic evil Dark Star. Due to these accomplishments, she is piquing the interest of the Mazoku demon kind and has become a frequent target. At the beginning of the main series, Lina meets a swordsman named Gourry Gabriev and a chimera boy named Zelgadis Greywords. Lina encounters and destroys a part of the Mazoku Lord Shabranigdo with her ultimate Giga Slave spell, which draws power from the Lord of Nightmares, the highest deity of the Slayers universe, but has no plans to use it again after almos
Lost Universe is a series of science fiction light novels, running from 1992 to 1999, by Japanese author Hajime Kanzaka. It was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series that ran throughout the summer of 1998 on TV Tokyo during the same time slot that the anime adaptation of Kanzaka's previous work, ran; this anime is called "Universe Police" in Hong Kong. In Slayers, it was mentioned that the main characters of that series live on a world, one of the four created by the mother of all creation, called the Lord of Nightmares; this world was known as the Red World. Lost Universe, takes place in a different world, known as the Black World. Whereas the demi gods of the various worlds such as Ruby-Eye Shabranigdo and Dark Star Dugradigdo had physical presence in that world, they appear in the Black World as "Lost Ships", intelligent space ships of unknown origin that have powerful or somewhat divine powers with more advanced technology than any other device in the universe, their rarity and superiority has sparked suggestions that they have been made by an advanced ancient alien civilization or by coming from the beginning of the universe itself.
Being a central part to the plot the "Lost Ships" are intelligent beings with different loyalties and their own agenda. Kane Blueriver, a "trouble contractor," inherits a "Lost Ship" from his grandmother and from there, he and his sidekick Milly, together with Canal, the ship's computer, journey to find a source of the evil that threatens the universe. Kain BlueriverVoiced by: Souichiro Hoshi, he is a tough and reckless adventurer who captains Sword-Breaker, the legendary lost space ship from an ancient civilization. He acquired his spaceship from his grandmother and recites quotes of her. A free spirit, keeps an open mind; the optimist, he is always confident he will prevail over whatever troubles await him. His motto is "carry out any difficult assignment to the end!" Kain is the master of a weapon of psi energy, requiring tremendous mental strength. He wears a black cloak, likes his grandmother. MilleVoiced by: Tomoko Ishimura, she joins Kain on their space adventures as sometimes private detective.
She has basic detecting skills like opening a locked door with her hair pin. At work, she is indeed the best shot in the universe, but at home on Sword-Breaker, is another matter. Providing a bit of comedy, she blows up the kitchen, but somehow the meals turn out delicious. Canal VolfieldVoiced by: Megumi Hayashibara, she has green hair styled in two long braids. She has a distinctive personality and reasoning abilities, her usual form is a teenage girl, but if necessary, she can morph her form into a baby, a noble lady or other objects, whatever is needed to help Kain in his missions. Her motto is "carry out any difficult assignment to the end, as long as it shows a profit!" In this respect she is much like Lina Inverse, from the series Slayers. They are voiced by the same actress. Canal's mind functions as a computer, she is practical and logical. On the other hand, she sometimes shows her emotions when she teases Kain for his mistakes or has a quarrel with Millie, she is a bit selfish, doing a lot of negative actions for the Sword-Breaker owner, like turning off Life System only for getting a job that Kain did not want.
Rail ClaymoreVoiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa. Kain has a sort of inescapable "give-and-take" relationship with this young inspector, he contacts the crew of the Sword breaker with mission requests, that are not always requests. Nina MercuryVoiced by: Masami Suzuki. Nina is so in love with Raily that she is fascinated by his gaze and forgets what she is doing. Two running gags in the series focus on her accidentally spilling coffee on Rail, shortening out any machine with the slightest touch; the latter is useful in several adventures. StargazerVoiced by: Jouji Nakata, he intends to control the whole universe. Stargazer possesses a power to destroy the mind of a person from afar. Spreader of DarknessVoiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto, he commands Carly at Nightmare. He has since been in stasis, he woke up after sleeping for 87016 hours in a capsule. When the first novel of Lost Universe was released in 1992, it enjoyed moderate success, while Kanzaka was had negotiations in the works for the Slayers anime. Lost Universe ran for 26 episodes, was plagued with numerous production problems.
Most notably, large amounts of the raw work for the first few episodes was destroyed in a studio fire and had to be replaced leading to sketchy quality for those episodes. It ran in during the Southeast Asian financial crisis of 1998 which limited bu
Slayers The Motion Picture
Slayers – The Motion Picture known as Slayers Perfect and released in Japan as Slayers, is a 1995 Japanese comic fantasy adventure anime film written by Kazuo Yamazaki, based on a story by Hajime Kanzaka, directed by Yamazaki and Hiroshi Watanabe. It was the first animated entry released in the Slayers media franchise and was acclaimed by critics. In the film, young sorceresses Lina Inverse and Naga the Serpent reunite to go on vacation to the magical island of Mipross, but they soon find that things there are not quite what they seem and a mighty evil force might be behind this; the powerful teenage sorceress Lina Inverse and her traveling companion and self-styled archrival Naga the Serpent, having been reunited after Naga was hired against Lina, obtain two discounted tickets for a tour to the fabled hot springs of Mipross Island. However, they discover immediately that those hot springs are fake and the island is controlled by a group of bandits; the two heroines clean up the island from them but learn they have been sent by someone called "the Great Master".
Meanwhile, Lina is visited during sleep by an old insistent man that narrates about the love between a heroic boy Rowdy and a young elf girl Meliroon, tragically interrupted by the appearance of a mazoku named Joyrock that destroyed the city of elves and killed Meliroon. In another dream, between an event and another, Lina discovers that the old storyteller is the young hero himself and he gained the power of elves, with the ability of seeing the future, that he was the owner of the legendary Sword of Light. Lina and Naga deliver the most dangerous bandits to the king, who asks Lina to take action against Joyrock, he and the queen were contacted by the old sage Rowdy in dream and he told them the demon came back again to Mipross and is wreaking havoc in the northern part of the island, blocking the natural flux of hot spring's water, so the girl named Lina Inverse is the only able to beat him. Lina is reluctant, but in exchange of a reward she and Naga decide to take action against the demon.
Joyrock shows himself in the form of a frog turns into a reptile-like creature and reveals to be the Great Master who pulled the strings of the events that took place on the island. Lina attempts to slay him with her destructive Dragon Slave spell, but he disappears and reappears from the astral plane and injures Lina, who luckily is rescued by Naga and Rowdy; the old sage heals Lina and tells them he could use his magic to get back in time and change history, but the two sorceress must help him defeating the Joyrock from the past. At the same time he casts the spell, the demon kills Rowdy. Luckily, Lina manages to travel in the void of time, she meets the young Rowdy and, with the help of the Sword of Light combined with Dragon Slave, they destroy the demon. Along with coincidentally rescued Naga, they return to present time. Before going back to the mainland, Lina remembers she has to visit the hidden hot spring promised by Rowdy, but there she discovers it is a magical water that makes things like vegetables growing older, not growing bigger as she hoped for her breasts.
Shouting angrily to the ghost of Rowdy, Lina runs away in shame, followed by Naga, they keep on running until late night. During the end credits, it is shown that the inhabitants of Mipross have erected a statue in honor of the two heroes of the island: the young Rowdy and Lina Inverse. Slayers: The Motion Picture was created during the peak of the franchise's popularity, was produced by J. C. Staff in co-production with Kadokawa Bunko. Unlike the films in the series, this one was not directly written by the Slayers creator Hajime Kanzaka. According to Helen McCarthy, "in order not to disturb the continuity of the ongoing TV series, writer/director Kazuo Yamazaki opted for a story from a spinoff continuity, the Slayers Special tales set two years before Lina's first meeting with Gourry." The movie makes a passing reference to manga/anime Dragon Half. When ADV Films first acquired the rights to the film, they had contacted Lisa Ortiz, the English voice of Lina Inverse in the Slayers TV series, to reprise her role in the film.
But at the last second, Lisa had to turn down the part because of scheduling conflicts. In the English dub, the voice actor playing Joyrock makes some references to Looney Tunes characters. References to Dragon Half and Dragon Ball were included in the dubbed version, written and produced by Matt Greenfield, based on a translation by Dan Kanemitsu; the film was released in Japan on July 1995, distributed by Toei Animation. It premiered at Kadokawa Anime Festival 95, screened as a double feature together with Legend of Crystania. A 98-page companion guide book was published by Fujimi Shobō in the Dragon Magazine Collection in 1996; the book is divided between a color part with illustrations about the film and its main characters, the black-and-white part with about the making of the movie. Bandai Visual's home version of the film was released on VHS and LaserDisc in February 1996, re-released on the DVD as part of the EMOTION the Best Slayers Movie Edition DVD-BOX collection of all Slayers films in 2010.
It was to be included in the collection of digitally remastered Slayers films and OAV series, to be released on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on February 27, 2015, but
Hyōgo Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island. The capital of Hyogo is Kobe. Present-day Hyōgo Prefecture includes the former provinces of Harima, Tajima and parts of Tanba and Settsu. In 1180, near the end of the Heian period, Emperor Antoku, Taira no Kiyomori, the Imperial court moved to Fukuhara, in what is now the city of Kobe. There the capital remained for five months. Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is in the city of Himeji. Southern Hyōgo Prefecture was devastated by the 6.9 Mw Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, which destroyed major parts of Kobe and Awaji, as well as Takarazuka and neighboring Osaka Prefecture, killing nearly 6,500 people. Hyōgo has coastlines on two seas: to the Sea of Japan, to the south, the Seto Inland Sea. On Awaji Island, Hyōgo borders the Pacific Ocean coastline in the Kii Channel; the northern portion is sparsely populated, except for the city of Toyooka, the central highlands are only populated by tiny villages.
Most of Hyōgo's population lives on the southern coast, part of the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area. Awaji is an island that separates the Inland Osaka Bay, lying between Honshu and Shikoku. Summertime weather throughout Hyōgo is humid; as for winter conditions in Hyōgo, the north of Hyōgo tends to receive abundant snow, whilst the south receives only the occasional flurry. Hyōgo borders on Kyoto Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Okayama Prefecture; as of March 31, 2008, 20% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Sanin Kaigan and Setonaikai National Parks. Twenty-nine cities are located in Hyōgo Prefecture: Kobe is where the Hyogo Prefectural Government sits
Integrated Authority File
The Integrated Authority File or GND is an international authority file for the organisation of personal names, subject headings and corporate bodies from catalogues. It is used for documentation in libraries and also by archives and museums; the GND is managed by the German National Library in cooperation with various regional library networks in German-speaking Europe and other partners. The GND falls under the Creative Commons Zero licence; the GND specification provides a hierarchy of high-level entities and sub-classes, useful in library classification, an approach to unambiguous identification of single elements. It comprises an ontology intended for knowledge representation in the semantic web, available in the RDF format; the Integrated Authority File became operational in April 2012 and integrates the content of the following authority files, which have since been discontinued: Name Authority File Corporate Bodies Authority File Subject Headings Authority File Uniform Title File of the Deutsches Musikarchiv At the time of its introduction on 5 April 2012, the GND held 9,493,860 files, including 2,650,000 personalised names.
There are seven main types of GND entities: LIBRIS Virtual International Authority File Information pages about the GND from the German National Library Search via OGND Bereitstellung des ersten GND-Grundbestandes DNB, 19 April 2012 From Authority Control to Linked Authority Data Presentation given by Reinhold Heuvelmann to the ALA MARC Formats Interest Group, June 2012